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I'm pretty sure my cell phone is standing on its last leg.

The battery gauge contains three bars. Last night, it beeped to alert me that it had gotten down to zero bars. So I plugged it in, and it appeared to be charging (it made the bleep-bleep noise when I connected it to the charger and the battery gauge blinked to indicate it was recharging). Within a couple seconds, it went up to one bar--which is pretty typical.

An hour later, it still only had one bar and was still flashing, as though charging.

This morning? It still only indicated one bar. I futzed with the plug and got it up to two bars, and left it like that for about an hour. No change beyond that.

When I unplugged it, it said it had a full battery (also typical, and very much a lie).

12 hours later, it was down to one bar. And the only thing I've done today, other than silence it for class, was send text messages to vote for American Idol. Not really a battery-suck.

So I'm trying the charging thing again tonight, to make sure it wasn't just a fluke.


Granted...it's a Motorola V551 (the blue flip one that EVERYONE had three years ago) and it is 2 and a half years old (I found the receipt dated 7/05).

So methinks its time to go into the AT&T store and see what they can do for me. Just browsing their site, I found several phones that look spiffy and have good qualities that I'm looking for (mostly: high customer reviews and a pretty color).

The short list is:
- Sony Ericcson W580i (pink)
- Samsung A737 (red, blue, lime, or orange)
- Nokia 6085 (pink)
- Motorazr V3xx (lavender)
- LG CU515 (plum)

Probably in that order. However, it's likely I'll end up with one of the top three, because they should all be under $50. It's possible the Nokia is "free," but only if I buy it online (cell phone websites are always so confusing because of the price difference between online and in-store, and new plans versus upgrades).

I'd also like to note that my top two are NOT flip phones. Not that I don't love mine dearly, but I can't tell you the number of times I've accidently closed it while trying to flip it open one handed. Clearly, I'm not skilled enough for a flip phone.

Eh, whatever ends up being the cheapest, and best aesthetic in real life (online images and product reviews can only take you so far).

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